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Originally delivered on 1/29/2023 8:17 pm

SUBJECT: Ram-O-Gram, February 2023

Principal Bill Egan NCHS

Dear NCHS Family,

It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the school year as we roll into the second semester! Students have wrapped up their exams, and new courses are starting. February always seems to fly by as it’s a short month and winter break begins Friday, February 17th. For a short month, it’s still a busy time of learning! 

The course selection process will soon be underway. Teachers will recommend placements, and students will make critical academic decisions.  Counselors will meet with students to discuss options in March. The 2023-2024 Program of Studies will be available for viewing during the first week of February. 

The New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation will be holding the NC Color Drop on Saturday, March 25, when a helicopter releases 2,000 golf balls over a target at Waveny Park.  Each year, need-based scholarships are awarded to deserving NCHS graduates pursuing higher education at the undergraduate level. Gold balls will go on sale on March 1. 

For more information on how students can apply for a scholarship, please visit the NCSF website. If you need further information or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your school counselor or Mrs. Granite in the School Counseling Office.

I look forward to seeing everyone at all the exciting school events and wish everyone a successful second semester!

All the best,

Bill Egan


Mark Your Calendars!
Wednesday, February 1
8:30a PFA Executive Board Meeting
Thursday, February 2
9:30a 10th Grade Networking: Creating a College Testing Plan
Friday, February 17
Professional Learning Day (No School)
Monday, February 20
President's Day (No School)
Tuesday, February 21
Winter Break (No School)
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Post Prom 2023

Did you know that RAM JAM is the major fundraiser for Post Prom? 

Ram Jam is our biggest Post Prom fundraiser! Come out on March 31 at 7:00 pm to support our senior boys and girls. Last year there were over 100 seniors who participated in Ram Jam. Check out the 2019 trailer here! 

Please spread the word and buy tickets. Ticket price is $20 online and $25 at the door. 

Buy TIckets!
Save the Date for CAREER NIGHT 2023
Wednesday, March 22 | 7:00 PM

The PFA and the NCHS Counseling Department are excited to announce the return of Career Night! This traditionally biennial event was last held in 2019 due to the pandemic. 

Career Night offers all NCHS students the opportunity to hear from successful professionals and entrepreneurs working in a variety of industries and careers. The information students learn at Career Night may inspire brand new academic interests or reinforce existing ones. Either way, it's sure to be an invaluable evening that your student won't want to miss, particularly our juniors who won’t get another chance to participate before they graduate!

Watch for details as we get closer to the event date!

10th Grade Networking Event—Creating a College Testing Plan
Thursday, Feb 2 | 9:30 AM

This program for sophomore parents focuses on creating an appropriate testing plan for junior year. Our school counselors will review the formats of the SAT/PSAT and compare them to the ACT to enable parents to help their children decide which option makes the most sense.

The counselors will be joined by guest speaker Whitney Longworth from Summit Educational Group. This will be a virtual event and will be recorded. Look for the zoom link prior to the event.


College Essay Workshop for Juniors
Tuesday, March 14 & 28 | 7:30 PM

There will be a college essay workshop for juniors on 3/14 and 3/28 from 7-8:30 PM. The workshops will be held on Zoom and will be conducted by the expert team at the College Essay Guy through a grant from the NCHS PFA! The link will be available to all juniors before the workshop.


College Interview Workshop for Juniors
Tuesday, April 4 | Lunch Block

Attention Juniors: There will be a college interviewing workshop on April 4 during the lunch block. To reserve a space, email Mrs. Carroll ( and let her know what lunch you have that day.

Southern Connecticut College & Career Fair
Tuesday, April 25 | 4:30-7:30 PM

Sophmores/Juniors: Save the date for the 8th Annual Southern Connecticut College & Career Fair. With over 200 college admission counselors on hand, this is one of the largest college events in our area. The event is free and is open to all high school students and their families

EVENT LOCATION: Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater, 500 Broad Street in Bridgeport, CT

Remaining SAT/ACT Testing Dates

SAT Dates  
March 11
March 28 (in-school SAT for juniors; no registration needed)  
May 4*
June 3 * 

ACT Dates  
April 15*
June 10*

*Offered at NCHS  

Click HERE to register for the SAT

Click HERE to register for the ACT 

Performing Arts
NCHS Band, Choir & Orchestra Annual Collaborative Concert
Tuesday, Feb 7 | 7:00 PM

The NCHS band, choir and orchestra programs will perform a collaborative concert in the NCHS auditorium on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00pm. Music teachers Leo Ficks, Sarah Gleason and Barry Zhou have been working with their students during the past month preparing for this concert that will feature over 100 of our high school musicians. Although each group performs regularly throughout each school year, they always look forward to joining forces in this annual celebration of collaborative music-making.


Behind the Counter with NCHS Food Services

The kitchen is the heart of the home and the cafeteria at New Canaan High School is no exception. In this latest edition of the Ram Reveal, we take you behind the scenes to give you a glimpse of what makes our cafeteria so special.  

Each day, more than 1,300 students pass through the NCHS cafeteria for breakfast, lunch, and grab-n-go snacks and drinks. As they do, they’re greeted warmly by Michelle Santelli, Director of Food Services for NCPS, and her dedicated staff of twelve employees. Staff members, all of whom are passionate about food and several of whom have been at the high school for 15 to 20 years, even greet students by name and get to know their food preferences.

According to Ms. Santelli: “We love what we do and we work really hard to create an environment where the kids can be fed, be comfortable, listen to music, sit with their friends, and decompress.”

When students enter the cafeteria, they’re presented with a variety of kid-friendly, healthy foods, along with a few options to satisfy the occasional sweet tooth.

For breakfast (7:30 AM-10:30 AM), students can choose from fruit smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt parfaits with homemade granola, muffins, cereals, and protein bars, as well as the best-selling bacon-egg-and cheese sandwich.

During lunch (11:00 AM-1:00 PM), students enjoy a made-to-order sandwich station offering Boar’s Head meats and cheeses and freshly baked bread. The Grill Station offers chicken tenders, hamburgers, the ever-popular buffalo chicken wraps (on special days), and grilled cheese sandwiches, and all hot meals come with a fresh fruit and a drink. The self-service salad bar is stocked daily with fresh produce from local farms. A particular crowd-pleaser is Pizza Day, held every Wednesday, with offerings as varied as buffalo chicken pizza, broccoli pizza and pizza with freshly sliced tomatoes.  For dessert, students can choose from home-made chocolate chip cookies or ice cream from So-Co Creamery.

Students with food allergies have a number of gluten-free items to choose from, and students who prefer to eat vegetarian will find pasta, black bean nachos, and grilled veggie hummus wraps on offer.

As each lunch block is only 25 minutes long, Ms. Santelli has worked hard to manage the flow of the lunch line so that kids spend the majority of their time at a table eating with their friends rather than standing in line.  

But with so many choices and the clock ticking, Ms. Santelli acknowledges that some students can feel overwhelmed. If that’s the case, she encourages students to ask for her personally and she will help them navigate the menu to find options that suit their preferences and dietary needs.

Finally, for students who need a quick bite before going to sports practice or an after-school activity, the cafeteria reopens from 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM for snacks and drinks.

The PFA would like to extend a sincere thank you to Director Michelle Santelli, Assistant Director Amanda Gangemi and staff members Donna Centinaro, Maria Partida, Maria (Tina) DeAngelis, Rosa Cenatiempo, Eddilen Nunez, Beatriz Mandujano, Maria (Lupita) Macias, Lourdes Mejia Carillo, Andrea Valdovinos, Martha Alvarez and Erica Corona for providing delicious and nutritious meals to our students every day.  

Bon Appétit, Rams!

EMT Course: Save a Life!
Starting Monday, January 30 | 6:00 PM

New Canaan EMS (NCEMS) provides 911 emergency medical care and transport. The organization is 100% staffed by certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who volunteer their time to serve our community. If you are cool under pressure and want to learn how to save a life, you can become a volunteer EMT after getting certified. 

NCEMS’s winter EMT Course begins Monday, January 30 and runs through May. Learn from instructors Wendy Fog (EMT-I & EMT, NCEMS) and Harry Downs (EMT-I & Paramedic, Norwalk Hospital) on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00- 10:00 PM with some Saturday classes. The EMT Course costs $995 plus textbook. EMT applicants must be at least 16 years old. For more information click HERE or contact New Canaan EMS at (203) 594-3535,

LOCATION: NCEMS Headquarters, 182 South Avenue, New Canaan

43rd Annual Photography Show at The Carriage Barn
Saturday, Feb 4 through Sunday, March 5

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, February 4 from 4:00-6:00 PM. The 2023 Annual Photography Exhibition will be on display through March 5 and be judged by Christina Zanetti, director of the Bruce Silverstein Gallery.

LOCATION: Carriage Barn Arts Center

Gallery Talk and Reception at The Carriage Barn
Wednesday, Feb 8 | 6:00 PM

Join us in the gallery for a discussion with exhibiting photographers and special guest Jane Beiles on creative inspirations/expressions and the photographic process. There will be a reception at 6:00 PM, followed by a panel talk from 6:30-7:30 PM. 
If you cannot attend in person, we will email you a link to the recording once the event has concluded.This event is FREE for members and $15 for non-members.

LOCATION: Carriage Barn Arts Center

Filling in the Blanks SOUPer Bowl Drive
Through Feb 13

How many cans of soup can you score to feed hungry kids? Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing children with weekend meal bags. Help us by donating chicken noodle soup and/or tomato soup. Organize a canned soup drive in your community and drop off donations at the warehouse Monday through Friday anytime between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM through February 13. Call to coordinate dropoff (203) 750-0019 or click HERE to purchase soup directly (select the Filling in the Blanks warehouse as delivery location).

Drop-In Sketch Nights at The Carriage Barn
Tuesday evenings | 7:00 PM

All are welcome to join our regular drop-in sketch nights at the Carriage Barn, facilitated by Vanessa Curri and other members of the group. Work on a different still life composition in pencil/charcoals each week using newsprint technique. Sessions are accessible for all skill levels and no experience is necessary. Come work with others in a relaxed and supportive environment. If desired, BYO snack/beverage of choice.

Cost is $15 for Carriage Barn members and students (age 25 & under)/$25 for non-members. Bring your own supplies, pencil and kneaded erasers only please. Stools and drawing boards will be provided.

LOCATION: Carriage Barn Art Center

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